COACH K, DUKE WOWED BY JABARI PARKER'S 29-POINT, 16-REBOUND SHOW
Jabari Parker set career highs with 29 points and 16 rebounds, Quinn Cook hit five 3-pointers and scored 21 points, and No. 11 Duke coasted to an 89-68 win over Boston College on Saturday night.
Rasheed Sulaimon added 10 points for the Blue Devils (19-5, 8-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). Parker extended his Duke freshman record to 14 games with 20 points or more.
Olivier Hanlan led Boston College (6-17, 2-8) with 25 points and Ryan Anderson had 12. The Eagles have dropped 10 of 12, with their only conference wins coming against last-place Virginia Tech.
The Blue Devils put it away with an 18-0 run midway through the second half, improving to 18-2 against unranked teams this season.
Following a solid first half, Parker scored 12 of Duke's initial 17 points after halftime as the Blue Devils opened a 56-44 lead on his three-point play with just under 14 minutes to go.
He had a baseline jam on the first possession and followed that with a three-point play when he was fouled on a fast-break layup, pushing Duke's lead to 44-35. He added a fast-break dunk, two free throws and another three-point play.
Following Anderson's free throw that cut it to 44-38, Sulaimon nailed a 3 from the right wing, giving the Blue Devils their first double-digit lead.
Defending NCAA champion and No. 1-ranked Duke began its men’s lacrosse season with a decisive 16-10 victory over Jacksonville at Koskinen Stadium Saturday.
Many times, it’s the games between the big games that keep good teams from having great seasons. No. 11 Duke faced that scenario this week with games against a pair of lower-division ACC teams sandwiched in between showdowns at Syracuse and North Carolina.
With seven consecutive trips to men’s college lacrosse’s version of the final four and a second NCAA championship having been claimed last May, Duke and championships are synonymous around the sport.
The only place they are not is at Duke itself.
PETERS, LISTON LEAD THE WAY AS BLUE DEVILS REBOUND FROM IRISH ROUT
Haley Peters scored 17 points, Tricia Liston had 15 points and 10 rebounds and No. 5 Duke bounced back from its first Atlantic Coast Conference defeat with its 18th straight win over Clemson, 78-51 on Thursday night.
The Blue Devils (22-2, 9-1 ACC) fell to new league rival Notre Dame 88-67 last Sunday and trailed Clemson (11-13, 3-7) late in the first half of this one. But Duke put together a 32-12 run starting in the final minute before halftime to take control.
It was Peters’ first double-figure showing in three games while Liston posted her third game this season with double figures in points and rebounds.
The Blue Devils held Clemson’s top scorer, Nikki Dixon, to 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting. Dixon had been averaging better than 14 points a game this season.
Richa Jackson had 13 points and Ka’lia Johnson added 10 for Duke.
Duke needed a soft place to land after its disappointing loss to No. 2 Notre Dame on Sunday and Clemson has generally been just that for the Blue Devils, all but one of whose 18 straight series wins have come by 14 points or more.
Scottie Montgomery, entering the second season of his second term on Duke’s coaching staff, will take over the play-calling duties for the Blue Devils next season.
Duke coach David Cutcliffe will oversee the team’s first spring practice session Friday, a mere five weeks after the Blue Devils played Texas A&M in a memorable Chick-fil-A Bowl game on Dec. 31 in Atlanta.
Former standout receiver to take over play-calling duties
Duke University head football coach David Cutcliffe and his staff announced on Wednesday that 18 student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to join the Blue Devil gridiron program.
Unable to match its level of play from Saturday’s game at Syracuse early against Wake Forest, No. 11 Duke muddled through and survived Tuesday night. Of course, it only had to muddle for the first 12 minutes or so because once the Blue Devils found that higher level, they quickly left the short-handed Deacons behind.
Both Duke and North Carolina are adding star power in this year’s football recruiting class.
ACC got stronger with the additions of Notre Dame, Syracuse and Pittsburgh.
Duke was so impressive in its weekend loss at Syracuse that the Blue Devils actually moved up in the Associated Press poll.
Playing before a crowd of 35,446 – the largest to ever see an on-campus college basketball game – Duke and Syracuse played a game that began their lives together as ACC rivals.
The Fighting Irish snapped Duke’s 42-game home winning streak against ACC teams and broke the Blue Devils’ 11-game overall winning streak.